Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

We’ve recently converted our phones to Skype so if you cannot get through to a specific press officer, call 03000 418080.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Murray Evans on 07834 051150

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Mayor (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, business and funding, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421

or

07850 907407

 Lucy.Mayor@kent.gov.uk
Suz Elvey Includes: education, early years, Kent Test, schools, special education needs, admissions and school places, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 418080 Suz.Elvey@kent.gov.uk
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776

or

07789 750619

Kiran.Dhaliwal@kent.gov.uk

 

Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, Gypsies and Travellers, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, military, Gateways, Coroners courts, financial issues including the budget, the Chairman’s Office, corporate issues and civic duties. 03000 416071

or

07834 051150

murray.evans@kent.gov.uk
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health, such as support services for drugs and alcohol misuse, healthy weight management, community mental health, sexual health, health visitors, flu vaccination campaigns and severe weather. Also includes campaigns such as One You Kent, Release the Pressure and Change4Life. 03000 416699

or

07912 451940

gemma.smith@kent.gov.uk
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions (potholes, household waste and recycling sites, bus passes, Blue Badge, roadworks, young person’s travel pass, 16+ Travel Card, road safety, flooding and drainage) the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes, broadband. 03000 416907

or

07738 860726

thom.morris@kent.gov.uk

Latest:

KCC Chairman welcomes A21 ‘missing link’

Construction of the long-waited “missing link” of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury has been completed and the road was formally opened by MP Tom Tugendhat. Among the other VIPs present was KCC Chairman David Brazier who described it as a “momentous occasion”. “Drivers who use this road on a…

Coming Soon – Stoptober! Helping Kent Smokers to Quit

Kent County Council is backing the national Stoptober campaign starting next month, supporting smokers to sign up and stub out. With data showing that 15.2% of Kent residents are smokers, KCC is promoting the Public Health England campaign by reminding residents of the support services available in Kent for those…

KCC Chairman takes a close look at wildlife charity

KCC Chairman David Brazier is paying a personal visit to several of the companies and organisations which were recognised in the recent Kent Excellence in Business Awards. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, near Hythe, was a finalist in the Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year section and the Chairman enjoyed…

Children urge adults to belt up as new figures reveal sharp drop in deaths

The number of people killed after not wearing their seatbelts has more than halved according to new figures released by Kent County Council. Just four out of the 24 vehicle occupant fatalities on the county’s roads in 2016 involved drivers or passengers not wearing a seatbelt. This represents a significant…

The chance to discover something new at Kent’s libraries

The first National Libraries Week takes place from Monday to Saturday, 9-14 October and Kent’s libraries will be celebrating in style with a host of fun activities for all the family to enjoy. The county has 99 libraries and this dedicated week provides a great opportunity to showcase many of…

KCC presented with silver award for its military support

The silver award to KCC under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme has been presented to the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Richard Long, in a ceremony aboard HMS Victory. The award to Kent – one of only two councils in the South East to receive it – came just…

Temporary closure of North Farm Household Waste Recycling Centre

The Tunbridge Wells Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be temporarily closing on Monday (September 18). Following a fire in the Transfer Station building, Kent County Council needs to close the site to complete works to the damaged infrastructure. KCC is also taking the opportunity to undertake works to prolong…

Consultation launched on new bus route along Sturry Road, Canterbury

A new bus lane along Sturry Road is going out to consultation by Kent County Council. The £700,000 scheme is proposed to run between the Vauxhall roundabout and South Street. It is funded from developer contributions, partly from grants from the Local Enterprise Partnership and the remainder from the Local…

Puffin Crossing to improve school safety in Birchington

A new puffin crossing on Canterbury Road in Birchington has been officially opened today (Monday, September 11). Kent County Council installed the crossing on both sides of the dual-carriageway to make it easier and safer for pedestrians, particularly school children, to cross the busy A road. The scheme will encourage…

Sevenoaks grammar school annexe opens for first students

The new grammar school annexe for girls in Sevenoaks opened to its first pupils today. The 114 girls have enrolled at the Weald of Kent Grammar School and were welcomed by Headteacher Mrs Maureen Johnson on Thursday at the school’s main site in Tonbridge, where another 185 Year 7 student…